German Alexander Zverev will be up against Karen Khachanov of Russia in the final of the Tokyo Olympics. Zverev is ranked 5th in the world while Khachanov is the current world no.25.
Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov: Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov|
|Round||Gold Medal Match|
|Date||August 1, 2021|
Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov: Preview
The gold medal match in the men’s singles will be played between Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov. The two players weren’t projected to meet in the final but have displayed amazing skills throughout the week and have punched above their weight. Zverev was right on the money from the start, beating the likes of Yen-hsun Lu and Daniel Galan in the initial rounds.
He then got the better of Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Round of 16 and then beat Jeremy Chardy to storm in the semifinals. He didn’t drop a set until the quarters and faced the Novak Djokovic in the semis. He came from a set down to shock Djokovic and advanced to the final.
As for his opponent, Karen Khachanov, he has definitely been the surprise of the tournament. He got past Yoshihito Nishioka and James Duckworth in the opening rounds and got the better of 8th seed Diego Schwartzman in the Round of 16. He then beat Ugo Humbert in a 3-set epic and then blasted past Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets 6-3,6-3 in the semifinal.
Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov: Head-to-Head
This will be the 5th meeting between the duo and their H2H stands deadlock at 2-2. Khachanov has won their last 2 meetings, the latest coming in straight sets at Montreal in 2019.
Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov: Prediction
It all comes down to the last men’s singles game at the Tokyo Olympics and the two players have rightly earned their spots in the final. Zverev based on his ranking will be the favorite to win the match but Khachanov has shown that rankings do not matter to him when he steps on the court. Zverev aggressive gameplan will be the one to look out for and how is executes it. If the German manages to keep his error count low, he is expected to win gold for Germany.
Prediction: Zverev to win in three sets and go home with a gold medal.